Raw Spice Bar Monthly Subscription Box Review and Giveaway

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Confession: I always have what seem to be great aspirations when it comes to cooking, but at the end of the day, I'm a creature of habit with limited time and limited recipe-reading patience. 

My typical day involves heading to work in the morning, heading directly to CrossFit after work, and arriving home sometime around 8pm. As much as I'd love to prioritize trying new recipes, tasting new flavors, and coming up with creative things to try for dinner, it typically doesn't work out that way.

I'll fall back on recipes I've made before and don't have to look up, or I'll make something quick and basic. I'll think about trying a new flavor after I get sick of taking the easy way out, but not know where to start when it comes to looking up flavors I haven't tried yet. Woe is me, right?

As if they'd heard my silent plea for new, exciting flavors, the folks at Raw Spice Bar sent me a note asking if I'd like to try their monthly subscription boxes. 

Every month, subscribers receive fresh flavor kits portioned, pre-measured, and packed in little brown envelopes along with themed dishes and recipes. The little packets of spices are made days before they're shipped, making them fresher than dried spiced you'll find at the supermarket. And if you don't like the recipes provided in the monthly flavor kits, their blog is full of alternatives.

I got November's Ethiopian spice box as a complimentary testing shipment and admittedly, I had no idea what was involved in preparing Ethiopian cuisine. I learned that the country's flavors are heavily influenced by India's trade routes, but Italy's partial colonial rule, and traditional spice blends pack a massive, but beautiful punch of flavor.

Berbere - so yummy, and so much flavor in such a small package!
Berbere, a stunningly bright red blend, which I'd never heard of prior to Raw Spice Bar's shipment, is often used in stews. I make a lot of soups, stews, and chili varieties during the colder months, which made this spice blend a perfect option for me to try. Though the recommended recipe in the box, key wat, includes beef, there's a vegetarian alternative on the Raw Spice Bar blog.

Mitmita is delightful, but watch out for the spice. It's pretty hot!
I'd also never heard of mitmita, a beautiful bright orange and spicy blend of African birds eye chili peppers, cardamom, black peppercorns, and more. It's a suggested substitute for spicy flavor enhancers like Sriracha and boy did it add a kick to my morning scrambled eggs.

Doesn't look at all like the pumpkin spice blend you get at the store, does it?

The last blend in November's package, unpumpkin pie spice, was a bit more familar. Cinnamon, allspice, and star anise made the unpumpkin pie spice smell like something I'd smelled before, but fresher, and stronger. The blend is perfect on acorn squash or in mashed sweet potatoes, and though I didn't bake with it, I'd guess it's great in pie as well.

Bottom line? I loved November's spice box so much that I've already gifted subscriptions to friends and family for the holidays and recommended the subscriptions as gift ideas to friends and family. For $6/months, how can you go wrong? Raw Spice Bar is perfect for people like me who don't want to scour the internet for new ideas, but still want to try new recipes that aren't overly complicated.

I love that I have no idea what each month will bring, and that I'll be, for all intents and purposes, forced to try new things if the spice blends are completely new to me. I also love that they partner with organizations like Asante Mama, the source for the chili peppers in the mitmita spice blend.

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